Hayden Donnell

Hayden Donnell is a contributing writer for The Spinoff.

Politics
Oct 19, 2020

Winners, losers, big losers, and gigantic losers from Election 2020

Grab your political popcorn for a merciless appraisal of the election's high profile players.

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Politics
Oct 12, 2020

Wellington, reviewed

Hayden Donnell recently spent some time in Wellington. This is his review.

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Politics
Sep 30, 2020

One day you will die, and you will have to tell Jesus Christ the things you’ve said about Judith Collins

The National leader was simply articulating an orthodox theological position.

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Politics
Sep 24, 2020

The courage to make life better

Labour has made an extraordinary ascent in the polls, and is now clinging to a mostly unthreatening brand of incremental centrism. Hayden Donnell counts the cost of that strategy. 

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Politics
Sep 16, 2020

Yes, public health is important. But surely not as important as rugby

A little bit of Covid-19 is a small price to pay for a whole lot of rugby, writes Hayden Donnell

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Society
Sep 8, 2020

The bronchiectasis bargain

According to Property Investors Federation spokesman Andrew King, some tenants don't actually want new heat pumps.

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Auckland
Sep 5, 2020

In search of Auckland’s post-Covid transformation

Dozens of major cities are building cycleways and pedestrianising streets as they adapt to the post-pandemic world. What's going on in Auckland?

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Society
Aug 27, 2020

An incomplete list of my rejected story pitches to The Spinoff

For every nugget of gold printed by The Spinoff, there are several more nuggets of slightly less lustrous gold. Hayden Donnell lists some of his rejected story ideas.

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Media
Aug 17, 2020

As rumours swirl, media grapple with how to responsibly cover conspiracy theories

In New Zealand, as overseas, authorities are dealing with two parallel crises: the Covid-19 virus and the maelstrom of misinformation surrounding it.

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Politics
Aug 15, 2020

Merv endings: A deep dive into the world of phony political talkback calls

The National Party figure thought to have adopted a fake name and called up talkback is far from the first political figure to try this tactic.

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Politics
Aug 8, 2020

100% accurate predictions for the 2020 general election campaign

More scandal? More yaks? More Jami-Lee Ross? Read on to find out...

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Politics
Jul 25, 2020
Politics
Jul 20, 2020

Fear and loathing and John Farnham at Winston Peters’ campaign launch

Winston Peters took the stage to launch an unlikely bid to stay in parliament on Sunday. Hayden Donnell went along for a close encounter with the New Zealand First faithful.

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Science
Jul 19, 2020

The nation must honour Nigel the gannet, lovesick New Zealand hero

It's time we show Nigel the affection and respect he surely craved, writes Hayden Donnell.

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Politics
Jul 11, 2020

Election 2020: The case to make this the filthiest contest of all time

So-called dirty deals have been roundly denounced over the years. Hayden Donnell argues that they need to be normalised, and even embraced, in September’s election.

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Politics
Jul 2, 2020

A blame guide for the Auckland light rail cluster-shemozzle uber-bungle

Struggling to find the correct apportionment of blame for the failure of light rail in Auckland? Hayden Donnell is here to help.

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Politics
Jun 25, 2020

Idea: Let’s not mess up Auckland to save ratepayers 47 cents a week

Auckland has made painstaking progress toward becoming a functioning modern city. Now its councillors may put that in jeopardy for a proposal that will save ratepayers an average of 47 cents a week.

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Politics
Jun 17, 2020

Solved: The mystery of Todd Muller’s upside down tino rangatiratanga flag photo

Todd Muller has been criticised for posing in front of an upside down tino rangatiratanga flag. Hayden Donnell uses investigative journalism to find out who’s responsible.

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Food
Jun 15, 2020

Terrible news: the avocado crime gangs are about to strike again

For four years running, at the exact same time of year, New Zealand has been terrorised by gangs of avocado thieves.

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Politics
May 27, 2020

A frame-by-frame analysis of Tova O’Brien’s hall-of-fame National shambles story

Last night New Zealand witnessed one of the most exhilarating, confronting political stories to air on national television.

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Ātea
May 16, 2020

An interview with Heta Gardiner: A lonely Māori voice at the Covid-19 briefings

Heta Gardiner's questions offer a glimpse of a media world with different incentives, priorities and cultural values.

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Society
May 9, 2020

How an anonymous, untrue tweet about suicide spiralled out of control

Last week, an inaccurate tweet about suicide spread so far that both the Ministry of Health and the Mental Health Foundation had to respond.

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Media
Mar 22, 2020

An alarming number of NZ entrepreneurs are becoming amateur epidemiologists

Why has New Zealand's startup community been so prominent in the Covid-19 discussion this past week?

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Food
Feb 13, 2020

Abominations unto God: Reviewing Nestlé’s new Kiwi onion dip flavours

This summer, Nestlé released two new flavours of Kiwi Onion Dip. Hayden Donnell, our nation’s leading Kiwi onion dip researcher, delivers the company an angry rebuke.

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Media
Dec 23, 2019

Decade in review: The worst takes of the 2010s

The 2010s will go down in media history as the Take Decade. Hayden Donnell combed through every single take made in New Zealand in the last 10 years to compose …

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In My Backyard
Nov 17, 2019

Beyond the Unitary Plan: a short list of solutions to Auckland’s housing crisis

Hayden Donnell looks for inspiration and innovation on how to house the city’s future.

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